Communities which are thriving, connected, educated, healthy and prosperous. Places of diversity and inclusion. A place we can all proudly call home.
Rural communities are the sum of many parts - people, places and landscapes. Reliable and efficient transport, communication and built infrastructure enable us to get on with our businesses and access healthcare, education and training. Our capacity to thrive economically is strongly linked with our ability to participate in sports, arts and culture and to protect our magnificent natural environment and agricultural heritage and prospects. Yet we face some unique and some common challenges.
My suite of policies recognise the important role that public policy plays in people’s lives and in building connected and resilient communities. Indi is not homogenous. Things in Wodonga look different to things in Kinglake. Each community has distinctive economies, small businesses, schools, health care, environments, culture and art. We celebrate and support Indi’s diverse communities, organisations, businesses and industries. Together, we’ll build the strong, connected regional communities that make Indi the place in which we all belong.
Regional Australia bears the brunt of many of our most pressing challenges and is also at the forefront of innovation and adaptation to those issues – climate change, industry disruption, food and energy production and natural resource management. I will work tirelessly for policies that enable strong regional development for a thriving Indi.